Plenty of Life on Marsh

Gwent Wildlife Trust hosted their first family festival at Magor Marsh Nature Reserve called Life on Marsh, which celebrated the natural heritage of the Gwent Levels.
The event was held as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded Living Levels project to showcase and celebrate wonders of the Gwent Levels, Magor Marsh and our newest planned nature reserve at Bridewell Common.

Around 350 people came to the festival, which offered a host of entertainment and activities including: face painting, bug hunting, pond dipping, guided walks, coracle making, poetry, an archaeological dig and willow making throughout the day.

There was also lots to see, buy, do, eat and drink during the event from stall holders at the festival namely:  Susan Brown Microscopes, Michael Rodgers amphibians, Gwent Ornithological Society, Ebbw Vale Owl Sanctuary, Hobo’s Hedgehog Rescue, British Trust for Ornithology, Bev Cawley cards, Tara Okon print, Hugh Gregory Photography, Ann Silver, Alpha Zulu Brewing, Monnow Valley Cider, Chris Trow plants, Monmouthshire Bee Friendly and Cyrene Powell Art.

Entertainment during the festival was provided by Tin Shed Theatre Company, roving storyteller and accordion player Christine Watkins and Chepstow Town Band.

Our Life on Marsh Festival was a great success and the natural heritage of the Gwent Levels was well and truly celebrated by the hundreds of people who attended the festival. I must say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, helped, came along and supported the festival in any way. We hope to see you all again next year!”


Kathy Barclay
Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Senior Education Officer and Life on Marsh Festival organiser